Results 121–140 of 1400 for speaker:Sioned Williams

5. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: International Women’s Day (12 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: It's good to hear you mention Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, my old school. It's wonderful to know that there is a new generation of strong women in the vanguard there.

5. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: International Women’s Day (12 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: I'm sure many of us spent International Women’s Day speaking about the need for gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women, thanking our sisters who have inspired or supported us. I was glad to discuss, as you referenced, with young women from Ysgol Plasmawr who came to the Senedd the matters they were concerned about as young Welsh women—the unacceptable gender pay gap, the...

4. Statement by the Minister for Climate Change: The Warm Homes Programme (12 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you, Dirprwy Lywydd. Well, after very frustrating and very damaging delays for the 45 per cent of Welsh families in fuel poverty, here's confirmation that the Warm Homes programme will at last be operational, and that, of course, is to be welcomed. This is the Government's main mechanism to tackle fuel poverty. The aim of the Welsh Government's plan, 'Tackling fuel poverty 2021 to...

3. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Senedd Cymru (Electoral Candidate Lists) Bill (12 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you for the statement, Minister, and for outlining so clearly that the aim of this Bill is to improve the way that this place represents Wales. Because we have to ask the question as to why are we reforming the Senedd, if not to improve the way that it is able to create and scrutinise policy that is aimed at improving the lives of the people of Wales, because without changing the...

1. Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 6 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: Diolch, Weinidog. There is a lot of good work being done in partnership, but the dial isn’t shifting, clearly, is it? We know that’s partly due to our relationship with Westminster, as you’ve highlighted, but we also need to evaluate better, I think, the measures that we are taking. We’ve seen a recent evaluation being published in Scotland, for example, showing the differences that...

1. Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 6 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. The spin and the counter spin of the spring budget are filling the airwaves, but what is irrefutable is that financial hardship and higher levels of poverty have become the new normal in Wales. As the Bevan Foundation have noted in their latest snapshot of poverty report published today, more than one in eight people across Wales sometimes, often or always are...

QNR: Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip ( 6 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: How is the Welsh Government ensuring that disabled people's rights are being supported?

1. Questions to the First Minister: Care-experienced Young People ( 5 Mar 2024)

Sioned Williams: Yes, the importance of preventative intervention and advocacy. I was a member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee when we held our inquiry to look at the radical reforms that were needed for the care system, and one of our recommendations was trying to tackle the structural prejudice that is experienced by young mothers as a result of their experiences in care, which means...

8. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: LGBTQ+ History Month (27 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you for the statement, Deputy Minister.

8. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: LGBTQ+ History Month (27 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: Plaid Cymru is proud of the work that has been done through the co-operation agreement and the LGBTQ+ action plan in endeavouring to ensure that all members of Wales's LGBTQ+ community are supported and their contribution to this nation celebrated as we stand together against prejudice and discrimination.

8. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: LGBTQ+ History Month (27 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: We must speak with one voice in standing for hope and against hatred.

8. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: LGBTQ+ History Month (27 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: I'm glad to be able to say that my home town of Pontardawe will be having its first ever Pride this June, and I look forward to taking part in that. The theme of this year's LGBTQ+ History Month is 'Under the scope', and as well as paying tribute to the work of LGBTQ+ staff across the NHS, it also highlights the health inequalities faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Our shared aim is that Wales...

9. Short Debate: The importance of Wales's voice in the campaign for peace — Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of presenting the peace petition by the Women of Wales to President Coolidge and Wales's role in speaking up for peace today (21 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: 'It is high time to invest more imaginatively in local deliberative networks and in ongoing civic education—in the hope of nourishing the confidence that inspired Annie and her colleagues, the confidence that what they said and did was capable of changing things, and that those who hold the levers of power can be held accountable by an informed, critical, hopeful public.'

9. Short Debate: The importance of Wales's voice in the campaign for peace — Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of presenting the peace petition by the Women of Wales to President Coolidge and Wales's role in speaking up for peace today (21 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: The petition, in its oak chest, had already been presented to the women of America at a grand reception at the Biltmore Hotel, in New York, a few days before. However, during their meeting with President Coolidge, the four Welsh women managed to secure a pledge from him that the signatures would be kept in the Smithsonian museum forever, and he was given a copy of the appeal. The aim of the...

9. Short Debate: The importance of Wales's voice in the campaign for peace — Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of presenting the peace petition by the Women of Wales to President Coolidge and Wales's role in speaking up for peace today (21 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you very much, Llywydd. Exactly a century ago this month, in February 1924, four Welsh women landed in New York, holding a bouquet of daffodils, a bound memorial containing an appeal for peace, and a petition signed by 390,296 Welsh women. Their goal was to present them to the women of the United States of America, asking them to use their influence to encourage the United States...

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Wales-specific COVID inquiry (21 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: The inequal impact is immediately apparent when the mortality rates in Wales are assessed according to levels of deprivation. Put simply, this means the risk of dying from COVID was over 80 per cent higher in poorer households, compared with the most affluent. This discrepancy was even more pronounced during the peak of the pandemic. So, no, this was no leveller. We know that poverty makes...

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Wales-specific COVID inquiry (21 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: There was a time when the pandemic was referred to as the great leveller, a catastrophic event that would transcend social barriers and affect us all equally—if the Prime Minister can get COVID, we can all get COVID. But the experience of the past four years since the initial outbreak has comprehensively demonstrated the fallacy of this notion, and, rather, the impact of the pandemic has...

2. Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Support for Post-16 Learners with Learning Disabilities (21 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: Diolch, Weinidog. I wrote to you recently, as chair of the cross-party group on learning disability, and in the letter I raised a number of issues that the group felt needed to be addressed to ensure young people with a learning disability are not unfairly disadvantaged when trying to access post-16 education, which, of course, can have a significant impact on their mental health and...

1. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Public Transport in South Wales West (21 Feb 2024)

Sioned Williams: Diolch, Weinidog. In a report discussed this morning by the corporate joint committee for south-west Wales regarding their regional transport plan, they said that the current transport network does not adequately serve the people of the region, and this is contributing to poor outcomes including limiting access to employment, ill health, negative environmental impacts and social exclusion,...


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